Cosmetology - A.A.S. Degree

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Cosmetology Program Overview

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The Cosmetology program prepares students to become the creative, well-trained professionals demanded by today’s beauty industry. This exciting program offers training in all aspects of professional cosmetology, from skin, nails, hair design and sculpting to advanced coloring. Complete barbering skills with up to date cuts, including fades and straight blade shape ups are part of the curriculum. Students will explore salon operations, marketing and retail, hygiene and communication skills in this lecture and “hands-on” training program. After the first two semesters, students can qualify for a New Jersey State Student Permit, which will allow students to start as an entry-level stylist. Committed students can qualify to take the New Jersey Board licensing examinations in Cosmetology upon completion of the program. Our cutting edge curriculum and learning community will keep students engaged while building the technical skills and expertise needed to be successful.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform hair care services for all types of hair including hair analysis, cutting, styling, coloring and lightening, permanent waving and chemical relaxing.
  • Perform barbering services with up to date cuts, including fades and straight blade shape ups.
  • Perform nail services including manicuring and pedicuring.
  • Perform basic skin care services including skin analysis, facials, makeup application and superfluous hair removal.
  • Exhibit knowledge of decontamination control, public hygiene and special sanitation procedures used for the protection of the client and the operator.
  • Demonstrate customer service skills, self-growth and personal development.
  • Perform salon business such as front desk operations, dispensary inventory and loss prevention, resume building and interviewing skills, self-marketing and basic knowledge of starting a salon business.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Possess the necessary skills to pass the New Jersey State licensure written and practical exams required for a professional license to work in the Cosmetology

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
COSM101 Principles and Procedures of Cosmetology I 7
COSM105 Principles and Procedures of Cosmetology II 7
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
MATH105 Technical Mathematics 3
COSM108 Principles and Procedures of Cosmetology III 7
COSM110 Science and Ethics for Cosmetology 7
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
ENGL125 Technical Writing and Communication I 3
COSM115 Practical Applications I 4
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GNED000 General Education Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
COSM201 Practical Applications II 4
Humanities or
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement*
GNED000 General Education Requirement* 6
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.